28 Things To Do in Paris on Sundays (Not Everything Is Closed!) (2024)

Discover lively activities in Paris on Sunday, ensuring your Sundays in the City of Light are never dull! From open museums to enchanting parks, explore vibrant options both indoors and out with my guide to making your Sundays in Paris delightful and memorable.

Going to a Museum

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Whether it’s art, history, or architecture, Paris is full of museums of all kinds.

Paris offers a significant bonus by allowing access to most museums on Sundays.

But that’s not all! Some are free on the first Sunday of every month. Check the list here.

Idea #1: Louvre Museum

Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

If you’re searching for a museum that’s both immersive and stunning inside and out, the Louvre is for you!

Hours: from 9am to 6 pm on Sundays

Prices: €22

Information and booking

Small group guided tour (3 to 6 people) at the Louvre

These 1.5-hour tours are offered by Marine, a Louvre expert who will share her anecdotes with both young and old. The entrance ticket is included.

Here are the different tour themes she offers:

➡️ The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt at the Louvre for Families

➡️ Myths and Heroes of Greek Mythology at the Louvre

➡️ Masterpieces of Painting at the Louvre

Idea #2: Grévin Museum

10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris

Tempted by something more original?

I recommend a visit to the Grévin Museum, where you can explore different worlds and discover the art of wax through the statues of numerous celebrities.

Hours: 9:30 am to 7 pm on Sundays

Prices: from €23

Information and booking

Idea #3: The Pantheon

Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris

The Pantheon welcomes you for a remarkable visit to a magnificent place inspired by Roman temples. Come and discover individuals who have left their mark on French history.

Hours: Open 7 days a week, all year round, from 10 am to 6 pm (closing time may be extended to 6:30 pm depending on the season).

Prices: from €13

Information and Booking

Visit Disneyland Paris

Bd de Parc, 77700 Coupvray

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Immerse yourself in a world of magic, wonders, and dreams at Disneyland Paris, where enchanting tales and beloved characters come to life.

Discover the magical world of Disney, open since 1992, where Mickey, Minnie, and other beloved characters welcome you for an unforgettable experience, from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to Space Mountain.

Hours: 9:30 am – 11 pm
Prices: from €72 per person for the 1-day/1-park pack

Information and booking

Cruise Tours on the Seine River

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Bateaux-Mouches

Embark on a unique Parisian adventure with a memorable journey aboard the Bateaux-Mouches.

Cruise down the Seine River and marvel at iconic landmarks including the Orsay Museum, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

It’s an absolute must-do!

Place of embarkation: Port de la Conférence
Hours: 10 am-10.30 pm
Prices: €16

Information and bookings (Exclusive: Find combined tickets for the Louvre Museum or the Arc de Triomphe at a discounted price, saving at least 10%)

Bateaux Parisiens

Explore the Seine in style with Bateaux Parisiens, another esteemed cruise provider offering guided tours complete with an audiovisual guide, bringing you fascinating insights into the history and architecture of the French capital.

Place of embarkation: port de la Bourdonnais, in front of the Eiffel Tower
Hours: 10 am to 10:30 or 10:30 am to 10 pm according to the season
Prices: from €16

Information and booking (Special Deal: Secure combined tickets for the Aquarium of Paris, the Orsay Museum, and the Rodin Museum at a minimum discounted price of 10%)

Visit the Arc de Triomphe

27 rue Vernet, 75008 Paris

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Open every day, the Arc de Triomphe invites you to partake in one of Paris’s most iconic experiences. Bask in a breathtaking panoramic view of the city from this monumental arch.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or a curious traveler, relish a tour of the landmark either with a professional guide or at your own pace using the provided informational materials.

Don’t miss the poignant ceremony at 6:30 pm, where the flame of remembrance is rekindled at the grave of the Unknown Soldier.

Hours: 10 am to 10:30 pm or 11 pm according to the season
Prices: €16

Information and booking

Fly in a hot-air balloon

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Embark on a uniquely sky-high adventure with Paris Generali, revealing a side of the City of Lights you’ve never witnessed before. Float atop the majestic cityscape aboard our hot-air balloon and marvel at Paris from an entirely new perspective.

Elevate your experience as you ascend to an altitude of 150 meters, indulging in a stunning 360° panoramic view of the city below. Each awe-inspiring flight spans 10 minutes, accommodating up to 30 passengers per journey.

Discover Paris from the skies – a spectacle that’s truly unparalleled.

Departure: Parc André Citroën, 75015
Hours: 9 am to 5:15 pm
Price: €18

Information and booking

Cruising on the Saint-Martin Canal

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The Guêpe Buissonière team, the largest boat on the Seine, welcomes you for a 2-hour and 30-minute visit to the beautiful sites of the Saint-Martin Canal.

The boat’s terrace and picture windows offer a stunning view of the most beautiful places in Paris, such as the Tuileries Garden and the Île Saint-Louis.

A unique part of the visit is the crossing of a 2-kilometer-long tunnel, which provides an interesting and fascinating lighting show.

Departure: Port de Solérino, in front of the Orsay Museum
Hours: departures at 10 am and 3 pm
Prices: €23

Information and booking

Cruising on the Seine River (with or without a license)

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Click & Boat is a service which allows you to rent boats from individuals anywhere in France and in Paris.

Individuals are offering to rent their boats to cruise on the Seine River. You will have a wide choice between big or small boats, with or without an engine, requiring a boating license or not, and even the possibility to have a captain piloting the boat for you.

A unique experience to discover Parisian monuments from the Seine River, enjoying the peace and quiet of your boat.

Website (Exclusive: €20 off with FRANCE20)

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Parc Astérix

60128 Plailly

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Passionate about the battle between Gauls and Romans? Discover Parc Astérix, open since 1989, with attractions and shows inspired by Goscinny and Uderzo’s comics. Vikings, Romans, Gauls, Ancient Greece, and Egypt—thrills and character encounters await you!

Hours: 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday and until 7 pm on weekends
Prices: adult ticket for €62 (from 12 years old)

Information and booking

Saint-Ouen’s Flea Market

124 rue des rosiers, 93400 Saint Ouen

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If you want a calmer activity, if you love antiques or if you want to search for cheap goods, the Saint-Ouen flea market (link in French) is the place you need to go to on a Sunday afternoon.

Recognized as a “Zone for the Protection of Architectural, Urban, and Landscape Heritage (ZPPAUP)”, it has a special atmosphere.

It’s the biggest flea market in the world, so you will most likely find something you like.

Come and enjoy yourself walking through these antiques.

Hours: 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays

Prices: Free

Paris Aquarium

5 avenue Albert de Mun 75016 Paris

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How about visiting the aquarium on Sunday? With family or friends, it’s an activity everyone will enjoy. Discover Europe’s largest Medusarium, sharks, mermaid shows, and let children touch the Koi fish. An educational and fascinating experience awaits you.

Hours: from 10 am to 7 pm
Prices: from €21
Accessible to people with disabilities.

Information and Booking

Shopping

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On Sundays, Paris offers abundant shopping opportunities. The Champs-Elysées boasts luxury brands open 7 days a week.

Galeries Lafayette (website in French), Printemps Haussmann, and Canopée des Halles (website in French) feature diverse brands. Palais des Congrès (website in French), Beaugrenelle, Bercy Village, and Carrousel du Louvre are also open for your enjoyment.

In short, anything is possible!

Having brunch

Here is my selection of favorites:

Season

Adress: 1, rue Charles François Dupuis 75003 Paris
Prices: €5.50 – €18.50
Hours: everyday from 8:30 am to 7 pm
Information and bookings (website in French)

L’atelier saisonnier

Adress: 15 rue de Charonne – 75011 Paris
Prices: all-you-can-eat package from €28
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm
Information and bookings (website in French)

BigLove Caffé

Adress: 30 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris
Prices: brunch package from €25
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3:30 pm
Information and bookings

Taking a walk in the “Rue des Thermopyles

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The Rue des Thermopyles exudes an authentic and bucolic charm.

The little street captivates with its lush, green ambiance, offering visitors a timeless escape in the heart of the capital.

Eating ramen in the Japanese district

40 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75002 Paris

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The Japanese district of Paris, located in the 1st arrondissem*nt around Rue Sainte-Anne, is a true slice of Japan in the heart of the French capital.

Known for its authentic Japanese restaurants, specialized grocery stores, and shops offering traditional Japanese products, this cultural enclave offers a complete immersion into Japanese culture.

From ramen (from €12 for this establishment) shops to sushi stalls and manga bookstores, the Japanese district is full of treasures to explore for enthusiasts of Japanese cuisine and culture.

With its lanterns and lively atmosphere, it’s a genuine journey to Japan without leaving Paris.

Eating in the Parisian Chinatown and admiring the street art of the 13th district

In the 13th arrondissem*nt, from the bustling streets of Butte-aux-Cailles to Rue de Tolbiac, discover a plethora of authentic restaurants serving delicious Chinese, Vietnamese, and Asian cuisine.

After indulging in exquisite dishes, venture out to explore the vibrant street art that adorns the neighborhood’s walls. Colorful murals and impressive artworks showcase the area’s artistic dynamism.

Going to the Château de Fontainebleau

77300 Fontainebleau

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Located just 55 kilometers from Paris, the Château de Fontainebleau is a jewel of French history. Once a royal and imperial residence, it offers a fascinating journey through over eight centuries of history with its lavishly decorated rooms and expansive gardens.

Ideal for a Sunday.

Prices: €13

Hours: 9:30 am to 5 pm or 6 pm according to the season

Information and bookings

Picking in Gally farms

l’Ecole, RD7, Rte de Saint-Cyr, 78870 Bailly

A short distance from Paris, the Gally farms offer a friendly picking experience of seasonal fruits and vegetables. An authentic countryside adventure to enjoy the pleasure of picking fresh produce straight from the field to the plate.

Website(in French)

Visiting the Claude Monet’s house and its gardens

84 Rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny

Discovering Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny offers an immersion into the world of Impressionism.

In the heart of the Normandy countryside, visitors can explore the places that inspired some of the painter’s most famous works.

The gardens are magnificent with their flower beds and Japanese bridges.

Price: €121 for a half-day tour from Paris in a small group.

Information and bookings

Buddhist Temple + street food thai (Wat Thammapathip International)

Château de Lugny, 243 Rue des Marronniers, 77550 Moissy-Cramayel

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The Wat Thammapathip International near Paris provides an immersion into Thai culture, blending Buddhist spirituality with street food delights.

After exploring the temple, indulge in the delicacies offered by local street vendors for a complete thai experience.

Pottery Workshop

13 Rue Abel, 75012 Paris

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Nicolas or Agnès will introduce you to ceramics in their spacious workshop. After a brief tour and presentation of tools, you’ll work the clay for wheel throwing.

An artisan will guide you through centering, shaping, and creating your bowl. Your piece will be fired twice before you pick it up a few weeks later.

Price: €60/person

Information and Booking (website in French)

Initiate yourself to ceramic creation

73 Rue d’Amsterdam, 75008 Paris

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Seek tranquility and creativity rolled into one with Pierre-Antoine, our accomplished ceramic artist. Nestled away from the city’s bustling veins, discover a luminescent space where calm meets craft.

Learn the art and finesse of shaping clay, mastering the creation of diverse pieces like bowls, plates, cups, and more, all while absorbing the serenity of the space. Uncover hidden tricks of the ceramic trade, and allow your hands to dance with the clay, crafting objects that are as unique as your experience.

The workshop is open on some Sundays, so don’t miss the opportunity.

The little extra: you can pick up your creations a few weeks later when they come out of the kiln.

Price: €55/person

Information & Booking (site in French)

Strolling around the Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes

On Sundays, enjoy nature with a picnic in the Bois de Boulogne. Afterwards, various activities await: biking, horseback riding, visits to the Jardins d’Acclimatation, Serres d’Auteuil, and Parc de Bagatelle (website in French).

Access via public transportation: Metro stations: Porte-Dauphine, Porte-d’Auteuil, RER stations: Porte-Maillot or Avenue Foch

Across town, Bois de Vincennes (website in French) offers another green oasis.

Why not rent bicycles, go for a walk in the forest, enjoy a picnic, take a boat ride or go on a pony ride?

Paris Zoological Park

Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris

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Located in the 12th arrondissem*nt of Paris, the Paris Zoological Park boasts over 180 species and 2,000 animals, delighting visitors of all ages.

Explore various regions of the world through its biozones, like Madagascar or the Amazon.

Witness feeding sessions, join guided tours, or play at being caretakers.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Prices: from €20

Information and booking

Laser Game

75014 Paris

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Alone or in a team, you will be fitted with an electronic vest and a laser gun.

You’ll have to find your opponents and shoot their targets to win points.

During a 20-minute session, you can put yourself in the shoes of an agent and search your opponents.

Prices: from €11

Booking & Info

Koezio

Parc de Paris Nord-Cergy: 11 avenue de la plaine des sports 95000 Cergy

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Koezio is a training area for special agents that combines real, virtual, physical and tactical elements.

Do you want to become the next James Bond?

You just have to train and protect the values of team cohesion, mutual aid, and trust.

You’ll have to succeed in your mission by going through different districts with the help of your team.

With labyrinths, climbing routes or indoor high rope courses, you’ll have to overcome several challenges to get to the end of your mission.

Hours: 9 am – 10:30 on Sundays
Prices: from €30

Information & bookings

Escape Game

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Paris hosts the most escape rooms in France. These real-life escape games offer a variety of settings: science fiction, heist, prison, investigation, and more.

For 60 minutes, become an investigator, solving puzzles and attempting to escape. Will you make it out? Let your inner Sherlock shine!

Here are some of our favorite escape games in Paris:

Treetop Adventure Course

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Fitted out with a belt and a harness, you’ll have to follow a course in the trees, cross bridges and use a zip line.

You’ll have all you need to give you thrills in the heart of natural green space. Some facilities also offer other activities if you’re afraid of heights, such as archery, sumo wrestler fights or even canoe rides.

Here are two of our favorites in the Paris region :

Address: Chaville (92)
Prices: from €11
Information and bookings

Address: Bièvres (91)
Prices: from €18
Information and bookings

Plays, Shows and Movies

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Prepare for a theatrical break and enjoy a classic or contemporary performance.

From one-man shows to musicals and orchestras, Paris’s grand theaters offer diverse entertainment. Book in advance to secure your spot.

Shows playing right now

Alternatively, catch a movie at cinemas like Gaumont, Méga CGR, Mégarama, or UGC. Whether with friends, family, or a loved one, indulge in the latest releases or explore art-house cinema.

If the weather is problematic, check our article on what to do in Paris on a rainy day.

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